Wall That Heals Arrives in Urbandale, Paying Tribute to Vietnam Veterans

URBANDALE, Iowa - Can't make it to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.? No problem, because it's being brought to you.

The Wall That Heals is a half-scale replica of the original memorial wall and mobile education center which are designed to bring the memorial's healing legacy to millions. It honors more than three million Americans who served in the U.S. Armed forces during the Vietnam War, and its walls bear the names of more than 58,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.  Since its original unveiling by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in 1996, The Wall That Heals has visited more than 400 cities and towns across the United States.

Wednesday, The Wall That Heals comes to Living History Farms in Urbandale. A large array of various volunteer groups are escorting the Wall from the Iowa Speedway in Newton to Urbandale. People are expected to be waving American flags along the road to welcome the Wall and its crew, as well.

According to the VVMF website:

"Bringing The Wall home to communities throughout our country allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin."

The Wall That Heals will be open to the public in Urbandale from Wednesday, September 28 to Sunday, October 2. There is no admission charge and it is open 24 hours for visitation. Other exhibits with limited hours include the Traveling Memorial Exhibits to be displayed at the Visitors Center. These displays have a dog tage for each Iowan killed in action in Vietnam, as well as Iowans killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A schedule of events at The Wall That Heals:

Wednesday, Sept. 28

9 a.m. – Motorcycle escorts meet at Iowa Speedway in Newton to escort The Wall That Heals, to Urbandale. Transported by TMC Driver, Roger Dannen, a Vietnam Veteran.

11:45 a.m. – Estimated arrival in Urbandale

1 – 6 p.m. – Set up of The Wall That Heals

Following set upThe Wall That Heals is open

Thursday, Sept. 29

10 a.m. – Opening Ceremony featuring Gov. Terry Branstad and Vietnam POW, Larry Spencer, POW for 2,551 days. Following, the reading of the names of the Iowa Vietnam Veterans KIA, MIA, POW who have not returned home.

4 p.m. - Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Friday, Sept. 30

11 a.m. – Speaker Dan Gannon – Reflection and Remembrance; Wreath Laying Ceremony

4 p.m. - Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Saturday, Oct. 1

11 a.m. – Guest Speaker – Ed Rohner – From the Other Side – the perspective as a name on the wall and visitors walking by.

3 p.m. – Military Tribute Concert

4 p.m. - Retirement of Unserviceable Flags Ceremony

Sunday, Oct. 2

9 a.m. – Program

2:30 pm. – Closing Ceremony

3 p.m. – The Wall That Heals closes